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Documentary Business

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Sundance 2023: $852 Million Spent on Docs That Were Not Selected

A Sundance Film Festival award lags only behind an Oscar nomination as a measure of success for documentarians. 2.4%! Are those the odds that a documentary will earn a slot on the Sundance program? $852 million! Is that really the total production spend on all those submissions that missed out? Read on for my 2023 update on …

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David Bowie Tops Music Documentary Update. Huge Stars. Unique Access. New Footage. Mega Budgets

HBO Max‘s release of the David Bowie interpretive bio doc Moonage Daydream reminds us that the market leaders can spend big on Music: $25 million by Apple TV+ for Billie Eilish. $30 million by Disney+ for Elton John. In this post, Camran Shealy updates her July 2022 profiles of commissions that feature musical celebrities and …

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Best Documentaries of 2022: The Picks from the Players. The Oscar Noms & More

What were the critics’ picks for Best Documentaries for 2022? Caitlin Cooper surveyed Variety, Deadline, Sundance and more to provide links to their selections. Among them are prize-winning indies such as All the Beauty and the Bloodshed, Bad Axe, and All that Breathes. Dominating the competition are Brett Morgen’s Moonage Daydream for HBO Max, and …

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Shedding Light on the Business of the Documentary Business. 2022 Report Card. Mission for 2023

My unchanging editorial goals since launching my Documentary Business newsletter in 2011 are to: Capture in a few words how the ever-evolving unscripted ecosystem shapes opportunities for industry veterans and rookies alike, and Publish detailed Case Studies that reveal how productions that aren’t by award-winning A-listers are developed, funded and ultimately delivered to grateful audiences. …

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New Industry Trends series with Pact kicks off with Ed Hersh’s exploration of the True Crime boom

Pact UK press release, December 2022. Pact has teamed up with Documentary Business‘ Peter Hamilton to present Industry Trends, a new Pact Growth Accelerator series exploring key industry trends in handy bite-sized chunks. The first episode, which is now live, shines a spotlight on the True Crime boom and features StoryCentric Founder Ed Hersh, who …

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Resilience Rules at World Congress of Science & Factual Producers, 2022. Impressions by Indie Producer Ruth Berry

By Ruth Berry. Six hundred eighty-four producers, broadcasters and content makers filled the cavernous (but warm) hall of Glasgow’s Scottish Events Campus for the 30th anniversary of WCSFP hosted by BBC Studios Scotland. Over 30% of the delegates were newcomers. It was always going to be special. After a three-year hiatus, contact was craved, masks …

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NAKED – Generation Gender: How a topical Canadian-German Coproduction Happened! Watch my MIPCOM Case Study Panel

Three of the decision-makers who created the topical docuseries NAKED – Generation Gender shared their inside stories at MIPCOM 2022 in Cannes. This German-Canadian copro takes a daring look at the biological factors and cultural forces that impact our expression of gender at every stage of our lives. On my Unscripted International Coproduction Case Study …

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True Crime Booms: What Producers Need to Know Before They Pitch. My Pact UK Webinar with StoryCentric’s Ed Hersh

Ed Hersh is a leading authority on True Crime programming. For Pact UK, we unpack the latest industry trends in the seemingly unlimited appetite for true crime programming on every platform. We discuss how the definition of True Crime programming is expanding; what producers need to know, and much more. Watch Now (22′) About Ed …

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